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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  September 26, 2011 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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patriots throw one away to the bills and the red sox continue their hisric self destruction. the question is what was the one bit of good news for the sox late last night in new york city? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist and this is "way too early." the show has likes you as a friend. we're glad you are up this morning watching us on msnbc. shoot me an e-mail at or text the word awake and your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, september 26th. a lot to tell you about today, including another attack on the united states embassy in kabul,
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afghanistan. plus "saturday night live" returns from its summer hiatus and delivers some pent-up punch lines. alec baldwin as rick perry. a bit later in the show. let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. president obama is waking up on the west coast today where he is traveling to shore up support for his american jobs act but mainly to raise money for his re-election campaign. he will tour three states in three days. he began yesterday in seattle then down to san jose, california. he's on to los angeles today and wraps up tomorrow in denver. seven fund-raisers will dominate the trip which includes a linkedin town haul event on his jobs proposal. speaking at a private event in seattle yesterday, president obama took aim at the republicans looking to replace him in the white house saying the alternative is an approach to government that will fundamentally cripple america in meeting the challenges of the
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21st century. in a speech before the congressional black caucus gala on saturday evening, the president urged members of congress to put their differences with the administration in the past and to move forward on his jobs agenda. >> the future rewards those who press on. with patient and firm determination i'm going to press on for jobs. i'm going to press on for equality. i'm going to press on for the sake of our children. i'm going to press on for the sake of all those families struggling right now. i don't have time to feel sorry for myself. i don't have time to complain. i'm going to press on. i expect all of you to march with me and press on. take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes, shake it off. stop complaining. stop grumbling. stop crying. we are going to press on. we have work to do. >> take off your bedroom slippers he implores the crowd.
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the 2012 re-election campaign was the focus of some of the talk shows on sunday where a shot was taken at debbie wasserman shultz over the president's record. >> now two and a half years later we have turned the corner. we are no longer dropping like a rock, we're moving forward. we've had 18 straight months of job growth, added 2.4 million jobs to the private sector month after month, save the american automobile industry, which every candidate for president would have let go down to tube. >> sounds like the new slogan is no longer hope and change, it could have been worse. great bumper sticker, debbie. hope it works for you. >> the majority of americans, about 56% feel that president obama is worse or about the same as president bush. of that 56%, only 34% rate obama worse than former president bush. 22% say they're about the same.
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43%, as you can see, say president obama has been a better president than president bush. while the president continues his fund-raising tour in southern california on capitol hill, congress is attempting to stave off another government shutdown. on friday the democratic-led senate blocked the house bill to fund the government through november. aides say no compromise was reached over the weekend with one aide saying it is embarrassing. now to the republican race it was a bad weekend for rick perry as the republican field faced off in back-to-back straw polls. in florida the former ceo of godfather's pizza, herman cain pulling off the surprise win. he got 37% of the vote. cain beat rick perry at 15%, and romney at 14%. the other surprise, michele bachmann, 1.5% of the vote. just about a month and a half after winning the straw poll in ames, iowa. a perry representative defended
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the second-place finish in florida and any connection it may have to the debate performance saying we're not electing a debater-in-chief, we're electing a commander in chief. the weekly standards bill crystal says the results of saturday's straw poll, yet another reason republicans should cast a vote of no confidence in the two gop front-runners. things didn't get much better for perry in the michigan straw poll where mitt romney was the winner taking 50% of the vote. perry came in second with 17%. followed by herman cain who had 8.5%. on fox news sunday, brit hume let the rest of the panel know what he thinks about governor perry's performance as a candidate so far. >> perry did throw up all over himself in the debate at a time when he did need to raise his game. he did worse, it seems to me, than he had done in previous
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debates. romney was strong, as he has been as lately. he clearly has raised his game in reaction to the emergence of perry. perry is about a half a step away from total collapse of a candidate. >> threw up all over himself. wow. u.s. officials say an afghan employee shot and killed an american citizen during a nighttime attack at an annex of the u.s. embassy in kabul. an embassy spokesman said one other person was wounded in the shooting. officials are investigating the incident. reports say the afghan employee also was killed. his motive is unclear. the assault happened in a building near the compound that was targeted just a week and a half ago. militants raided that facility and a nearby u.n. building leaving more than half a dozen dead president mahmoud abbas receiving a hero's welcome in the west bank after submitting a bid for full membership status at the united nations on friday. abbas told supporters they're
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part of a palestinian spring, referring to the wave of democracy taking place across the middle east known as the arab spring. on "meet the press" yesterday, benjamin netanyahu accused the palestinians of detouring negotiations. >> the palestinians want a state, but they have to give peace in return. what they're trying to do in the united nations is to get a state without giving israel peace or giving israel peace and security. i think that's wrong that should not succeed. that should fail. but what should succeed is for them to actually sit down and negotiate with us to get two states for two peoples, a demilitarized palestinian state that recognizes a jewish state. >> prim netanyahu also insisted his nation's bond with the united states and president obama remains strong but declined to counter harsh criticism from some republicans of the white house middle east policy. as u.n. security council members hold informal members on the statehood request, the u.s. continues to urge israel and the palestinians to resume direct
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negotiations without preconditions. after two years in an iranian prison, shane bauer and josh fattal are back on american soil, arriving in new york yesterday. at a press conference with sarah shourd, the pair said they were detained because of their nationality. >> was clear to us from the very beginning we were hostages. the iranian government tied our case to its political disputes with the u.s. >> the men who were convicted of spying say they were in solitaire confinement, and that they often heard screams from other prisoners. european markets are trimming their losses this morning after a weekend meeting of the imf exposed tensions between finance ministers looking to stem the fallout of europe's debt crisis. steve sedgwick is live in london with more.
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good morning. how is it looking? >> it's looking good. a very good morning to you and your viewers. coming into this session, europe was on the back foot. we were down 2% on the futures. the asian markets with the nikkei had been down over 2%, the u.s. last week lost about 737 points on the dow. the imf weekend meeting was seen as down for the markets, but we turned around. now we're up a couple percent in paris, over 2% in germany. that's on hopes that the imf is finally pushing the europeans to get in on the debt story and get a resolution sooner rather than later. >> all right. thank you very much. still ahead, the boston red sox are in freefall, but they're still likely to make the playoffs after some late-night 14th inning heroics by a guy with three home runs on sunday. and michael vick suffered a concussion last week and now has a broken hand after yesterday's battle with the giants. how long will vick be out?
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welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:43 in the morning in new york city. you are looking at a live picture of the plaza. that tent means it's education this time. nbc focusing on the issue of education this week. let's check in on the weather with todd santos.
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todd? >> i thought you were just camping out on the plaza. a few folks outside this morning, as you head out the door, may be dealing with heavy showers, especially the ohio valley, western ohio initially, eastern ohio later this afternoon. chicago also with some showers. travel-wise, those are the bigger snafu spots we have clouds a muggy set up in new york city and say it's fall? temperatures in the 70s already. across a good portion of the east coast. hartford, a few spots in the 60s. asetting up. back towards d.c., hanging on to showers. maybe this works out well as far as the forecast, a good one to be under the capitol dome taking care of business today and tomorrow. by wednesday, we get sunshine back into the area. a few other spots across the country, the cool air is under those showers, especially south
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of the great lakeses. turning to sports, the red sox try to stay afloat in the american league wild card. boston losing 18 of 24 games. yesterday they dropped the first game in a doubleheader against the yankees. game two last night. red sox pick up where they left off. john lackey gives up the deep flyball to teixeira. it downses off the wall. granderson and canu score. then jason varitek airmails one into left field. teixeira comes around to score. yankees up 3-0 in the first. but give the sox credit. they came back. marco scutaro in the seventh with a double. the game went to extra innings. top of the 14th, two men on, two outs. jacobi ellsbury connects off scott procter for a three-run home run. his third home run of the day. had two earlier. sox breathe a sigh of relief. 7-4 the final score. they needed that one.
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earlier in the day, the rays beat the jays. now the red sox lead tampa by one game in the wild card. the angels lost. they're three back. the red sox start a three da-ga series tonight in baltimore. the wild card leading braves lost yesterday to the nationals. the cardinals beat the cubs, so st. louis now one game behind the braves in the wild card. cardinals have a three-game series against the astros, the braves have to play the phillies at home in atlanta. in the nfl, pats and bills. both undefeated facing off. patriots with a 21-0 lead. buffalo's ryan fitzpatrick finds johnson for a touchdown before the half. fourth quarter, bills tie it at 24. tom brady threw four interceptions, four touchdowns, but also four picks. florence picks it up here.
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he goes back 27 yards for the touchdown. the pats come back, fourth and goal from the sixth. wes welker for the touchdown. extra point ties it at 31 with three minutes to go. buffalo drives the field with three seconds on the clock, rian lindell kicks the game-winner from 28 yards out. bills come all the way back to beat the pats 34-31. bills undefeated. patriots ten-game regular season winning streak is snapped. brady finishes with four touchdowns, four picks and 387 yards. eagles/giants in philadelphia. eli manning finds brandon jacobs streaking down the left sideline. they lost him out of the backfield. 40-yard touchdown there. the third quarter, giants up a point. michael vick hits jeremy maclin for 24 yards. looks good there. watch the replay. vick takes a big hit, injuries his nonthrowing hand. he would finish the drive leading to a go-ahead field goal. that was it for vick.
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he left the game with a broken right hand. he actually came back and played in the fourth quarter before leaving for good. giants down two points here. manning up to victor cruz, big game for cruz. comes down with the second catch of the game. second touchdown of the game. giants pull out a 29-16 win, snapping a six-game losing streak to the eagles. after the game, vick expressed frustration with officials saying it was an uncalled late hit that broke his hand. >> after such a great play, i felt i got hit late. there was no flag. broke my hand. that's it. >> do you feel you're not getting the calls that other quarterbacks get? >> absolutely. >> why? >> why? i mean, you all see it. there's no reason for me to go into a big disortation about why i'm not getting the calls they have to do their job. every time i throw the ball, i'm on the ground, getting hit in
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the head. i don't know why i don't get the 15-yard flags like the rest do. i'm not going to complain about it. i'm making everybody aware about it. >> we'll see if vick can play next week. the detroit lions looking for their first 3-0 start since 1980 taking on the vikings up in minneapolis, st. paul. vikings up 13 with time running down. donovan mcnabb hits santo, eight-yard touchdown. lions down 20 points in the half. back they come. matt stafford, a 32-yard pass to calvin johnson who gets it. lions claw their way back tying the game at 23, pushing it to overtime. in o.t., lions with the ball. stafford off his back foot. finds johnson one more time. what a catch. that led to a game-winning field goal. lions win 26-23. three years after finishing
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0-16, the lions are tie with the packers with the division lead in the nfc north. packers beat the bears yesterday. late game on nbc, steelers and colts. peyton manning possibly out for the year with neck surgery. fourth quarter, colts down to the third string quarterback, curtis painter. he gets picked. polamalu picks it up. 16-yard touchdown. pittsburgh beats what looks like a hapless indianapolis team, indianapolis start 0-3. steelers 2-1. rick perry's debate performance last week giving pause for republicans with even the fox news sunday panel declaring that perry threw up all over himself at that debate. perry got the snl treatment on saturday night with alec baldwin playing him. that and more when "way too early" comes back. [ female announcer ] from the very first moment we arrive...
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as we told you earlier, president obama is in the midst of a three-day funding and jobs tour on the west coast. he will spend a few days in california whose 55 electoral votes have been in the democrats column for years now. if you want to sound smart, tell
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your friends that the last republican presidential candidate to win california in the general election was george h.w. bush in 1988. since then california voted for bill clinton, al gore, john kerry and president obama last time around. before that, the state had a republican run that dated back to 1964. enough with the real news, let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch the return of "saturday night live" the season premiere hosted by alec baldwin who hosts, it seems, once every six weeks. he played rick perry. >> governor perry, we'll begin with you. three weeks ago you were the darling of the right wing of the republican party, now after three debates your inconsistent performances have given supporters doubts. can you speak for ten seconds with o without alienating your base? >> rick perry needs to know he stands with people 110%. we need fewer regulations.
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i believe all 10-year-old girls should be vaccinated for hpv so they can enter into meaningful relationships. i believe social security is a ponzi scheme, i believe we need a fence to keep illegals out. however should any illegals get through and have children here, we should open our hearts and pay for their education. jesus christ and rachel maddow, no? >> newt gingrich, calling your bluff. do you really want to be president? >> no. >> would you like to beat the rush out of the parking lot?
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>> thank you. >> michele bachmann -- >> you know you want it. >> how do you rebound from your falling poll numbers? >> shepherd, i'm persistent. when i want something, i won't take no for an answer. take, for instance, when i first met my husband. we were both at a party and i saw him across the room acting out all the parts from the musical "greece." smitten, i asked him out for a hot water and lemon. he said, ms. thang, here's a quarter, buy yourself a clue. i wouldn't give up. in closing, fences, jesus, papilloma, eyeballs. >> still ahead on "way too early," i would you're awake. your e-mails and texts next. accept it.
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